National Green Tribunal
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been established on 18.10.2010. The Tribunal has been established for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
A total of 5950 cases relating to environment and forests issues were pending in various courts across the country as on 1.1.2009.
The Tribunal’s dedicated jurisdiction in environment and forest matters shall provide speedy environmental justice. The Tribunal is mandated to make an endeavour for disposal of applications or appeals finally within 6 months of filing of the same.
The Minister of State gave this information for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shri Ishwar Singh in Rajya Sabha today.